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I Am That Fool a book

A legal thriller by Rick Cornell

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A Bad Decision and a Corrupt System Equals Extreme Punishment

  • Mar 31, 2014

This review is based on an advanced reader copy received from the author but still reflects my own opinion.

This book shows how the legal system can be skewed toward the prosecution's way and hints that those without money for representation will fall victim to the system.  Ryan Browne is a top defense attorney who has just gotten a not guilty plea for his client.  The prosecuter is furious about the outcome and assaults Ryan afterwards.  Ryan makes his first mistake yelling at the prosecuter that he will be "dead" for this (he meant in a career sense but his words will later come back to haunt him).

Not being content to just celebrate his victory with a beer, he decides to visit a strip club instead even though he is married.  Ryan picks up one of the dancers and decides to leave with her (for sexual favors).  He is apparently slipped something in his drink before he leaves the club and this will cause him to have an accident and later be put in jail for DUI.

Ryan suspects he was set up but cannot ask his wife for help and apparently the same prosecuter that Ryan had the run in with is handling the case and is determined to put Ryan away for a long time.  Ryan has the legal system against him as well as powerful management of the strip club.  His one night of being a "fool" has come back to bite him big time.

The book hints that things like jail house confessions are usually "fabricated" by the prosecution using jail house snitches that will say anything they want them to say in exchange for legal favors.  It also hints that many prosecuters can do whatever they want without fear of reprisal from judges, who are often powerless to do anything meaningful against them.

This book is an extremely fast read and the author keeps the book interesting throughout with strong dialogue and character development.  What prevented me from rating it higher is that Ryan is not a nice guy and maybe deserved to be brought down a peg.  The reader feels no sympathy for him at first because all the bad that befell him was set off because of his own poor judgement.  It takes a while into the book to really be on his side.

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Read this novel twice; once for the plot, and the second time for the themes of the meaning of contemporary American life. The first read will be fast, and you will be entertained. The second read will make you think not only about the criminal justice system in modern-day America, but also what it means to modern-day Americans as they live life under mythical circumstances. Meet Ryan Browne: The egotistical, brilliant trial lawyer whose life is turned upside-down as a result of an extramarital dalliance at a notorious strip club, The Proud Stallion. How would someone like him work his way out of the hell that he and others have created for him? In today’s society, is that even possible? Meet Tania Browne: The once beautiful Costa Rican immigrant wife who, in her “old world” mentality, refuses to bail her husband out of jail. Pero al final del dia, isn’t she just as susceptible to sin as everyone else? Meet David Schlegel: The prosecutor who successfully thrives on putting innocent people in prison, because in his world, “nobody is innocent.” But is he really that evil, or is he simply a puppet for the corrupt district attorney? Meet Celeste L’Hoir: On a scale of 1-10, physically she looks like an 11. But is she a player or a victim in the world of sin that she populates? Meet Jessie Parker: Ostensibly the finest investigator in the state, a nonpareil “schmoozer” with eyes that are a cross between Dakota Fanning, Jennifer ...
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